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May 3rd is coming fast - Be a well informed voter

May 3rd is coming fast - Be a well informed voter

Whether you're a legacy or a transplant, your vote counts on the proposed 2011 Greenville School Bond issue on May 3rd, 2011.

The Greenville Public School has a well laid out plan for what will be asked for, where it is going, and how it affects both students, the schools, and the community.

To get all the information about the Bond issue, from background to scope of the project and other related information, visit http://www.greenville.k12.mi.us/departments.cfm?subpage=1258457

Belding's Chamber of Commerce meets April 14th

Belding's Chamber of Commerce meets April 14th

Belding's Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday, April 14th at Metron of Belding. The meeting begins at 8 a.m.  The meeting is open to all.  If you have an item to be placed on the agenda email info@beldingchamber.org

Bar owners have mixed opinions on smoking ban

Bar owners have mixed opinions on smoking ban

By: Elisabeth Waldon - Staff Writer
From: The Daily News

Steve Hoisington is smoking mad about the Michigan smoking ban.

The owner of the Driftway Inn in Belding saw his business decrease by 50 percent last summer. His energy bills are increasing due to doors opening and closing for more frequent cigarette breaks outside.

Hoisington said his employees now spend a portion of their shift smoking outside, as do his patrons. He's noticed people bringing their own alcoholic beverages in coolers, which they keep in their vehicles and drink outside. His parking lot is littered with cigarette butts that don't end up in the designated bucket near the entrance. He said more fights are taking place in the parking lot too, and he can't be there to stop them.

City of Belding Council Seat Vacancy

City of Belding Council Seat Vacancy

From: http://www.ci.belding.mi.us

The City of Belding, in keeping with Section 4.9 of the City Charter, has established the following process for filling a vacant seat on the Belding City Council (seat vacated March 15, 2011): Eligible residents may submit letters of qualifications to the City Clerk by March 29, 2011. Council reviews letters and conducts interviews. Council to make appointment of new council member on April 5, 2011.

Interested persons may contact City Hall for more information at 616-794-1900, Ext. 210. Please mail letters of qualifications to City Clerk, 120 S. Pleasant, Belding, MI 48809.

The appointed council member will serve the balance of the term, through November 2013.

GPS Bond Forum

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Attend one or more of these sessions to learn the facts about this bond proposal, school funding sources, and long-range visions for excellence!

Site: Central Services Community Room
Time: 1pm, 4pm, or 6pm

Marijuana ordinance passed in Belding

Marijuana ordinance passed in Belding

By: Jessica Dudenhofer, Staff Writer, The Daily News

BELDING - Medical marijuana will now be allowed under tight regulations within Belding city limits after City Council voted 3-0 Tuesday to approve a zoning ordinance amendment that allows medical marijuana as a home business in residential areas with an approved permit.

"This model is very similar to Greenville, Grand Rapids and Ionia," City Manager Randy DeBruine said.

Medical marijuana would still be prohibited in commercial and industrial areas.

The home occupation permit would be issued to the "primary caregiver" who owns or rents a house in the residential district, not within 1,000 feet of a school or library. This person would be able to accept only five qualifying patients per week, with only two customers at a time.

The business can only be run between 7 a.m.

GPS board authorizes bond vote

GPS board authorizes bond vote

From: http://www.greenville.k12.mi.us

After years of careful facilities planning, Greenville residents will consider recommendations for renovations and improvements to each of our schools in a May bond election.  Taking advantage of historically low interest and construction costs, the project can be completed with no increase in tax rates.  In fact, local property tax rates for school debt will actually begin to fall in 2013.  We hope community members will attend one of the scheduled Public Forum sessions (below) to offer suggestions and questions which can help us better respond to our community.

All sessions are scheduled in the Community Room at the Central Services Facility, 1414 Chase Rd.:

February 24 - 6:00p.m.

February 25 - 1:00p.m., and 4:00p.m.

March 3 - 1:00p.m., 4:00p.m., and 6:00p.m.

March 17 - 10:00a.m., and 6:00p.m.

April 7 - 1:00p.